20% of U.S. Households Rely Exclusively on Mobile for Internet Access

As “wireless substitution” gutted the fixed network voice business, there now are growing signs that mobile has become an effective substitute for fixed network Internet access. “ Mobile Internet service appears to be competing more directly with wired Internet connections,” says Giulia McHenry, National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief economist. Between 2013 and 2015, “the proportion of online households that relied exclusively on mobile service at home doubled between 2013 and 2015, from 10 percent to 20 percent,” she says. About 75 percent of U.S  households using the Internet at home in 2015 still used wired technologies for high-speed Internet service, including cable TV high speed access, digital subscriber line and optical fiber connections, she notes.

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20% of U.S. Households Rely Exclusively on Mobile for Internet Access

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